The International Energy Agency (IEA) is now tracking progress toward clean energy in the 22 countries that participate in the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM). These countries share a strong interest in the development and deployment of clean energy technologies and collectively represent more than 75% of global energy consumption, 80% of global CO2 emissions and 75% of global GDP. Together, they have the power to drive the transition to a cleaner energy system and, since CEM first convened in 2010, they have taken steps toward this challenging goal. So how much progress has been made thus far?
At the April 17, 2013 Clean Energy Ministerial, New Delhi, India, IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven will present findings from the new report, Tracking Clean Energy Progress, during the Scene Setter session of the Clean Energy Ministerial.
Stark messages will be presented: progress has not been fast enough; large market failures are preventing clean energy solutions from being taken up; considerable energy-efficiency potential remains untapped.
There is also positive news. In 2012, sales of hybrid electric vehicles passed the 1 million mark. Solar photovoltaic systems were being installed at a record pace. The costs of most clean energy technologies fell more rapidly than anticipated.